DC Comics will announce today at Toronto’s Fan Expo that the Justice League of America is going to uproot from the U.S.A. and be headquartered north of the border in the spring of 2014. The ongoing Justice League of America series will be renamed and feature a new Canadian character alongside some of the world’s best-known heroes. Initially an idea by Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, the series will be written by Canada’s own, Jeff Lemire(with art by Mike McKone). Check out what Lemire had to say below.
Lemire on the move:
“This is like my ultimate dream job,” said Lemire during an interview earlier this week. “It sounds like a joke and something like this would never happen, but it is actually happening, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Plans for the base?
“I do want to create a cool, rural Northern Ontario headquarters for Justice League Canada, and I don’t want to spoil it yet.
“And it’s not a hockey rink, I promise. Although, of course, it did cross my mind,” he says with a laugh.
Comparing this move to Marvel’s Alpha Flight team:
“It’s not really like Alpha Flight, as we’re not creating a bunch of very Canadian characters,” Lemire says. “Like those characters are all almost clichéd Canadian archetypes. This is still very much set in the regular Justice League universe and the team will still have some of the bigger named superheroes, but they will actually be located in Canada now, and there will be a couple of new members who are Canadian. So obviously as a Canadian, and as a Canadian storyteller, it’s something I’m very proud of.”
Forever Evil spawns Justice League Canada
As a result of that, without spoiling any of that story, there will be major changes in the Justice Leagues, and in the spring, the current Justice League of America team goes through a dramatic change and some of the pieces that are left behind will evolve into this new Justice League Canada team.
Lemire on his new Canadian creation:
I’m trying to make a character that reflects a real part of our cultural identity, who could be a real Canadian teenager. That’s what I’m really after with that.
Lemire will also be adding a Canadian Adam Strange:
Lemire says that he will be bringing back Adam Strange, a Silver Age DC character, a swashbuckling archaeologist who is transported to the far-off planet of Rann. In this new incarnation, he will also be Canadian.
It really is just trying to make an honest portrayal of the places and the country and people that I know. That’s why I’m setting it in Toronto and Northern Ontario, because those are the places that I really know well…
I’m just trying to create a genuine backdrop for these stories that are big and cosmic in scope, but are still really grounded in a real place. As long as I keep that focused, I’ll probably avoid clichés, but sometime those clichés are clichés because they’re true, so I’m sure some of that will slip in there.